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101 Photo Industry Professionals You Should Follow on Twitter

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Want to keep up with what’s happening in the photo industry? Then this list is for you. We were planning to stop at 50, but before we knew it we ended up with a whopping 101 photo professionals that we think have the most engaging Twitter feeds out there.

We’ve included feeds that are informative, entertaining, and most importantly that offer us a window into the interests and inspirations of some of the most creative people in the photo world. Whether at the pinnacle of their careers or just starting out, the overriding common thread of those that made the list is that they all share a passion for photography and want to share their knowledge and findings with their followers.

Note: The list is in no particular order.

1. Donald R. Winslow / @donaldrwinslow
Editor at News Photographer magazine for NPPA. Teaches at John Cabot University & John Felice Rome Center.

2. David Campbell / @davidc7
Visual storytelling, politics, social media. Secretary to World Press Photo 2014 contest jury.

3. Kathy Ryan / @ryan_kathy 
Director of Photography at The New York Times Magazine.

4. Ken Geiger / @kengeiger
Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic Magazine and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer.

5. Michael Wichita / @MichaelWichita
Director of Photography for AARP Media in DC.

6. Vaughn Wallace / @vaughnwallace
Deputy Photo Editor at Al Jazeera America.

7. Kira Pollack  / @KiraPollack
Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise at TIME and Executive Producer of Red Border Films.

8. Alessia Glaviano / @AlessiaGlaviano 
Senior Photo Editor at Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue.

9. Patrick Witty / @patrickwitty
Director of Photography at WIRED.

10. Judith Wesch / @judith_photo
Photo Editor at Le Figaro.

Instagram Star Tim Landis on the Secrets of His Success

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Before he was a jet-setting photographer, Tim Landis was a curious medical supply delivery man with a passion for beautiful places. He hopped on Instagram about a month after it was released, and he became one of the app’s first major players. His sun-drenched scenes and tales of wanderlust and adventure went viral all over the web and all over the world. Today, he has well over 625 thousand followers on Instagram and has helped leading brands, organizations, and tourist boards connect with people by telling real stories that matter to real people.

Since then, Landis has ridden in hot air balloons over Turkey, approached herds of elk in the Ozarks of Arkansas, and seen the zebras, wildebeest, and elephants in Amboseli National Park. He’s told the manifold tales of the people of India’s cities and shared the stories of children in Kenya. He’s also signed on to become a mentor at RookieUp, a new online service where you can schedule 1-on-1 video mentor sessions with some of the industry’s most innovative minds. When he was just starting out, Landis didn’t have someone to show him the ropes. Now, he’s hoping to change that for emerging photographers around the world.

We spoke with the photographer about his pictures, his Instagram stardom, and his choice to give back to aspiring artists.

Empathy and Antipathy in the Photographs of Rosalind Fox Solomon

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In 1968, at the age of thirty-eight, Rosalind Fox Solomon began shooting photography during a trip to Japan. She was living with a family who spoke little English and slept on their futon. The pictures were in color and mostly experimental. In the early 70s, Solomon would switch from color to a black-and-white square format and begin a forty-eight-year-long exodus from the suburban East Coast— settling, instead, in the role of far traveling portrait maker, shooting extensively in Israel, Peru, and South Africa, among others.

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When it comes to websites, it’s safe to say that photographers are held to a higher standard. While other businesspeople can sometimes get away with looking less than polished online, image is everything in the world of photography, and if even the most expertly shot portfolio isn’t presented in an attractive way, it won’t leave a lasting impression.

Feature Shoot 2015 Flora and Fauna Official Rules

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1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID IN PUERTO RICO AND WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

2. Voting Entry Period: “Name Of Contest” (the “Contest”) commences at 12:00:01 AM (ET) on June 29, 2015 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (ET) on July 17, 2015 (the “Contest Period”). All entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (ET) on July 17, 2015, subject to extension by the Sponsor Entity in its sole discretion.

3. Contest Overview: Entry into this Contest is accomplished by submitting, in accordance with these Official Rules, up to five (5) photos to [email protected]

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6. Winners Selection/Notification: Eligible, selected entries will be judged by Feature Shoot’s Instagram followers (the “Judges”). There will be two (2) rounds of evaluation. In round one the Feature Shoot team will review the submitted images and select a group of finalists to proceed to Round Two on the basis of interesting and original work (the “Judging Criteria”). In round two, the Judges, using the Judging Criteria will collectively select the winners, from among the entries selected in round one. On or about July 20, 2015, the top eligible entrants with the highest votes will be declared the winners. Entries that are deemed inappropriate to the image of Sponsor Entity, and/or slanderous, lewd or otherwise offensive will be disqualified, in Sponsor Entity’s sole discretion. The potential winners will be notified by e-mail and/or telephone on or about July 20, 2015. If a potential Winner cannot be contacted, does not respond within three (3) days of prize notification, or the prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, such potential Winner forfeits all rights to any prize, and an alternate winner will be awarded the prize. All decisions of the Judges and/or Sponsor Entity is final and binding in all respects.

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4 Simple Things That Will Take Your Photography Website to the Next Level

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From the Squarespace website of ZSO Art & Illustration, NYC

You might be the best photographer on the planet, but if you don’t have a good website, chances are the rest of the world might not know that. Building a site that both complements your aesthetic and appeals to potential clients can seem daunting. In the old days, you’d have to learn coding or shell out the cash and surrender creative control to someone else to do it for you, but these days, it isn’t all that bad. In fact, with Squarespace, creating the perfect site for you can be a few keystrokes away. Keep in mind these four tips and you really can’t go wrong.

Young Photojournalist Amanda Mustard On Life in Cairo

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Each image in Amanda Mustard‘s collection of photographs in Egypt is a vibrant journey into a single moment. At 21, Mustard packed up her life and moved to Cairo, a far cry from the Christmas tree farm in rural Pennsylvania where she was raised. Mustard has lived in Cairo for 3 years, facing possible danger and harassment daily, not only as a photojournalist but as a female. Drawn to Cairo by the inexpensive living (her rent was just $70 per month), she ended up staying because of the unending subject matter that existed alongside the time she needed to develop her skills as a photojournalist.

Though she is now relocating to Bangkok, Mustard has much to show for the last 3 years: she is one of PhotoBoite’s 30 Under 30 Women Photographers for 2014, she won PDN’s The Shot competition in 2011, and her work has appeared in the likes of The Wall Street Journal, TIME, VICE, Newsweek, Monocle, Mother Jones and many others. She wrote to us about life as an American female photojournalist in Egypt and the stories she seeks to tell.

Thought-Provoking Photos Expose the Human Cost of South Africa’s Mines

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Mahlomola William Melato rests during the heat of the day at his home in Oppenheimer Park. Since being diag- nosed with silicosis, Mahlomola’s weight dropped from 80 kg to 49 kg. He suffered from shortness of breath, a debilitating cough, general body weakness and discoloration of the skin.

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Linda Ndlovu, Daniel Mandlo, Dumisani Mahlangu and Calvin Sibanda rest after a full night of work in a disused underground gold mine shaft. The men are highly skilled informal diggers with many years of experience. They are seen as ‘brave men’ and ‘heroes’ by the local community and are respected for their ability to pinpoint the gold- bearing deposits. They are commonly confronted by criminals, who beat them and rob them of clothes, mining equipment and money.

For Legacy of the Mine, photographer Ilan Godfrey explores the human cost South Africa’s monolithic mining industry, tracing the threads of exploitation and oppression that run through the country’s lucrative mineral trade.

Errol Morris’ Observations on the Mysteries of Photography

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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris dissects and tirelessly researches mysterious and often controversial photographs in his new book, ‘Believing Is Seeing: Observations On The Mysteries Of Photography’. The book reads like a detective novel with the author going to the ends of the earth in order to uncover some truth behind famous photographs such as: Arthur Rothstein’s cow skull image, Roger Fenton’s photos of the Valley of the Shadow of Death and ‘the hooded man’ photographed in Abu Ghraib prison among others.

Morris writes: ‘The essays in this book should be seen as a collection of mystery stories. Imagine finding a trunk in an attic filled with photographs. With each photograph we are thrown into an investigation. Who are these people? Why was their photograph taken? What were they thinking? What can they tell us about ourselves? What can we learn about the photographer and his motivations? Each of these questions can lead us on a winding, circuitous path. An excursion into the labyrinth of the past and into the fabric of reality’.

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